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OU notebook: Coach Bob Stoops compares DeMarco Murray to Adrian Peterson

BY DAVID UBBEN, Staff Writer, Modified: October 13, 2009 at 9:06 am •  Published: October 13, 2009
Running back DeMarco Murray has provided some memorable highlights at Owen Field. Against Tulsa, he scored after spinning twice and flipping over a defender into the end zone, reminding fans of the playmaking ability that’s been missing from the past two BCS bowl game losses, both played without the junior.

Last week, he did his best impression of a Mack Truck and sent Baylor’s All-Big 12 safety, Jordan Lake, flailing out of bounds to cap off a run on the right sideline.

"He’s always been a little more physical than I think people have ever looked at or given him credit for, and I’ve always felt that,” said coach Bob Stoops. "Everyone thinks of Adrian (Peterson) as being so quick and strong, well, he’s about the same size, so he’s pretty close.”

But more impressive for Stoops than the flashy highlights has been the Las Vegas native’s development into a complete player.

"He does the little things, too. Protecting, he’s good with his hands,” Stoops said. "He can do everything.”

Two losses have put Oklahoma on the outside looking in as far as the national championship picture goes. It’s an unfamiliar position for a program that has played in BCS bowls in six of the past seven seasons.

But Stoops says chasing another chance at a title, a result he wouldn’t rule out, isn’t necessary to keep his team’s attention.

"If we were sitting here undefeated, I wouldn’t go there, either,” he said.


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